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Overweight Dog Help

A healthy weight is very important to the overall well-being of your dog. Excessive weight gain may be due to a high-calorie intake, sedentary life, or possibly an endocrine/hormonal disorder. Being overweight can predispose your dog to a variety of conditions, especially joint diseases.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered overweight when it’s “body condition” (essentially, it’s a fat percentage) is above ideal. Signs would be: excessive fat carrying over the ribs, loss of a “tummy tuck” or side profile, and loss of a waist on top profile.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Some breeds are more prone to obesity, such as Labrador retrievers, Beagles and Golden retrievers. However, any breed of dog can become obese, especially with calorie-rich foods and treats that are available in this day and age.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?

A weight-loss consultation is very important. As mentioned previously, it is important to determine the cause of the weight gain and the appropriate cause of action. At the hospital, your veterinary team can come up with a feeding plan and timeline for your dog’s weight loss, leading to an overall happier and healthier life

Last updated: December 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, we want to continue to keep our staff as well as our clients safe and healthy. As such, we have updated our protocols effective immediately.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday (for food sales only): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Appointments are seen Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Food sales are serviced weekly between 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Queensway Veterinary Hospital